Trends emerging from Clemson basketball struggles

The Clemson Sports Blog

Clemson's Milton Jennings walks off the court with his teammates after the Tigers lost to N.C. State 58-57 at Littlejohn Coliseum on Sunday. Jennings missed the first freethrow in a one-and-one situation and N.C. State's Scott Wood hit a three-point shot with one second remaining for the win.

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Clemson's Milton Jennings walks off the court with his teammates after the Tigers lost to N.C. State 58-57 at Littlejohn Coliseum on Sunday. Jennings missed the first freethrow in a one-and-one situation and N.C. State's Scott Wood hit a three-point shot with one second remaining for the win.

On a three-game losing streak, the most evident trends tend to be on the negative side, and it’s no different for Tiger basketball.

But thanks to Statsheet, we do know what Clemson needs to do going forward if those trends hold (besides scoring more points than the other team).

1) Score More Than 57 Points: When posting 57 or less (like the heartbreaker Sunday), Clemson is 0-7 on the season, and inversely, 12-4 when topping a number that didn’t use to be as hard to get to.

2) Guard the perimeter: Scott Wood's last-second three was a punch to the gut, and overall N.C. State shot 37.5 percent from the perimeter, where the Tigers are 1-8 on the year allowing that percentage or worse. When teams have hit six or more three-pointers, Clemson is 2-8.

3) Win by 6: If it seems close games tend to go the wrong way, it’s true – Clemson is 23-33 in games decided by five or fewer points since 2007 and 1-4 on the season.

The curious case of Milton Jennings

Back on Jan. 27 against Virginia Tech, Clemson senior forward Milton Jennings hit 6-of-12 shots and made 16 free throws en route to a career-high 28 points.

In four games since, Jennings hasn’t scored that much combined (27). After shooting at a 50 percent clip against the Hokies, he has made just 10-of-36 shots (27.8 percent).

Jennings hasn’t scored in double-figures in back-to-back games all season, after doing so 12 times in his first three seasons.

Part of the problem? After getting to the line for 18 attempts against VT, he has attempted only six since.

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Baseball America, Perfect Game peg Tigers third in Atlantic

College baseball sites Baseball America and Perfect Game agree team-for-team in their respective ACC previews.

Both have UNC and N.C. State as the division winners, and PG has the two going all the way to Omaha’s College World Series.

They also both peg the ACC for eight NCAA Tournament teams, including Clemson, from third in the Atlantic.

BA has Tigers second baseman Steve Wilkerson and right-handed pitcher Scott Firth among the top 2013 draft prospects (RHP Daniel Gossett for 2014).

Among top newcomers, righty Clate Schmidt checks in at No. 4, outfielder Steven Duggar at No. 7 and left-hander Matthew Crownover No. 8.

They also list first baseman Jon McGibbon, center fielder Thomas Brittle and Wilkerson as the best defensive players at their positions in conference.

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waran writes:

Bench Milton Jennings and we will win.

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